Norwegian has changed: Norwegian Dawn Cruise Review by olegar
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Norwegian has changed
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Samana, Dr was our first port of call. We took a cat ride for a snorkel. the other ports of call are described in other parts of this review.
I understand corporate greed fairly well, but x raying baggage for alcohol is so petty. Our baggage of one bottle for cabin More consumption certainly backfired on Norwegian as it did for many other passengers who reacted the same way as we did, by simply not buying as many drinks as we would normally have done. Prior to the cruise, we scoured the website and available literature and found no such alcohol policy so we thought one meagre bottle would not be an issue.
Espresso was OK but pricey and the cappuccino tasted like regular coffee with milk, also at a special price. Almost everything came with an extra cost.
Ignore Norwegians', "no reservation policy for pool loungers". Though many loungers were empty, we could never sit around the pool due to "towel reservations" during the entire 10 day cruise. This policy is not enforced.
Public restaurants almost always required waiting in line B, L and D but the specialty restaurants, if you can afford them were usually empty, except for the Teppanyaki room (21 seats at $25.00 each).
The sneeze guards in the public buffet (Garden Cafe) were so low that we needed an extra elbow in our anatomy to reach anything and it did not prevent other people from touching food with their hands...hence we elected to not eat there.
The free walk off with your own bags is an improvement over other systems, but get in line early as many other passengers want to do this also. The line-up behind us seemed to encircle the ship and we were in line over an hour before disembarkation was to begin.
Overall, the cruise staff were very happy, friendly and made up for the shortcomings and changes in the cruise line...not a single grumpy person on the ship and eager to please all the cruisers as best they can. Less
Cabin review: BB10216 Balcony
10216 is quiet, but quite a distance from the gangway exit and pool deck if you have walking difficulties. It is close to the main public dining room if you are not into the costlier specialty restaurants. If you need more than a single 110 volt outlet bring your own splitter to provide more outlets...otherwise bring an euro converter as there is another euro outlet behind the TV.Read All Balcony (BB) Reviews >>